Things to Do In & Near Beaver Creek: From Outdoor Adventures to Art Galleries

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Beaver Creek, like Vail, is a mountain village situated in the Vail Valley in Colorado. It’s known as the slightly smaller, family-friendly, cozy component to Vail, situated about 13 miles west of the well-known ski destination. But, we’re here to show you Beaver Creek has its own excitement with attractions, adventures, art galleries, and more.

In addition to the variety of activities we offer here at Sage Outdoor Adventures that are close to Beaver Creek, the village boasts its own list of fun things to do. Check out a breakdown of our recommendations below.

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Discover Outdoor Adventures Around Beaver Creek

Snowmobiling

We here at Sage offer snowmobiling tours near Beaver Creek on our own private mountain. If needed, we are able to pick you up at your lodging accommodations in Beaver Creek, Vail, or Avon.

Beginners are welcome on our two-hour snowmobile tours on custom designed trails on a network that is larger than the Vail ski area itself. Climb 2,400 vertical feet with views of seven mountain ranges and five different ski areas.

Our snowmobiling facility is about 30 minutes from Beaver Creek, and well worth the drive (or ride, if we end up picking you up at your location!). If you want stunning winter views, this is the activity for you.

Downhill Skiing

Of course we’d be remiss not to mention the Beaver Creek Ski Resort, a major ski center with world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding. Snowboarders, those traveling with children, and skiers who don’t necessarily need to ski all of Vail’s 5,000+ acres, will enjoy the nearly 2,000 skiable acres at Beaver Creek’s resort.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort not only has impeccably groomed trails, a renowned ski school, and summer activities like golf and gondola rides, but they have another unexpected perk: staff members routinely hand out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the base of the mountain. Now that’s something we all can appreciate, whether we’re vacationing with kids or not.

Cross-Country Skiing

Don’t discount cross-country, or Nordic skiing, particularly if you’re staying in Beaver Creek. The Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center is technically in Avon, but it’s only a three-minute walk from the Beaver Creek Resort. This Nordic ski center offers tours and lessons on their winding trails that provide great views with a bit of elevation. Snowshoeing is also offered.

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ATVing

Sage specializes in some of the best ATV adventures in Colorado. Our ATV tours take place seven miles north of Wolcott, about 30 minutes from Beaver Creek.

As with our snowmobiling tours, you can expect a vast stretch of land to explore – 6,000 acres of private land in addition to 14,000 acres of public land, to be exact. Come experience 20,000 acres of true Colorado terrain!

Hiking

There are three primary hiking trails around Beaver Creek to check out:

Allie’s Way 

This 3.8-mile loop is considered a moderate to challenging hike and is popular for hiking, mountain biking, and walking. The Allie’s Way trailhead is located down the road from Allie’s Cabin, a restaurant with cozy cottage vibes.

Beaver Lake Trail

Parking for Beaver Lake Trail is on Elk Track Road, right near the Chapel at Beaver Creek, a well-known, beautiful church. This is a 6.3-mile, out-and-back trail, generally considered challenging, and is used for hiking and running.

Overlook Trail

Overlook Trail is a 6.2-mile, challenging hike popular for hiking and running. You can expect expansive views of Beaver Creek and a major elevation gain (read: it’s steep). Fortunately, there is a gondola  at the Centennial Express Lift that you can take back down, if you wish, at no cost (there is a fee to go up).

Horseback Riding

If you’re looking for horseback riding in Beaver Creek it doesn’t get better than on our private mountain. Wide open meadows, aspen groves, and mountain lakes await just 30 minutes from Beaver Creek at our Wolcott ranch.

We do not do out and back, stay in single file, kind of horseback riding tours. Our horses are trained to journey through the Colorado wilderness side by side, and we love to blaze our own trails.

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Whitewater Rafting

All of Sage’s guided whitewater rafting trips are near Beaver Creek, Colorado. The closest raft trips are the Lower Eagle and Upper Eagle; we meet at the base of Beaver Creek (the creek) in Avon, just seven minutes from Beaver Creek (the village).

The other closest trip to Beaver Creek is our Gore Creek trip. We meet for this whitewater rafting adventure at either the Vail Transportation Center or the Lionshead Welcome Center of Vail, both of which are just under 20 minutes from Beaver Creek.

Our other trips include the Upper Colorado, Shoshone, Shoshone Double Dip, and the Kayak Duckie Trip, which start at Sage’s outpost in Dostero, about 35 minutes from Beaver Creek. We also have an outpost in Buena Vista, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Beaver Creek, which we use for our Brown’s Canyon and Numbers whitewater rafting trips.

Tennis

The Beaver Creek Tennis Center accommodates players of all levels and has five clay and two hard courts. They also also have a shop with clothing and tennis accessories, and they offer lessons. The courts are situated at the base of the mountain, for backhand strokes and squash shots with a view.

Fly Fishing

Yes, we do offer guided fly fishing trips, on rivers and streams like the Eagle River, Gore Creek, and Colorado River – all of these are not far from Beaver Creek.

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Enjoy Arts, Culture, Dining & Entertainment in Beaver Creek

Vail Performing Arts Center

The Vail Performing Arts Center is actually located in Beaver Creek. This year-round theater presents concerts, comedy shows, and other performances. It’s one of those venues where there isn’t a bad seat in the house – there are 500 seats, making it just large enough to be accommodating, but small enough to feel intimate. And the acoustics are fantastic!

Restaurants

Like the rest of the Vail Valley, Beaver Creek has a variety of eateries suited for any palate. Check out Splendido at the Chateau for fine dining, the Black Diamond Bistro in The Charter for upscale Colorado fare, or Coyote Cafe for apres ski happy hour specials and great Mexican food – everything from the homemade salsa and chips to the margaritas is to die for.

Art Galleries

You don’t have to be an art buff to wander into a mountain village gallery and appreciate a piece of work or two. There are four art galleries in Beaver Creek within walking distance of one another:

C. Anthony Gallery

The C. Anthony Gallery showcases a wide range of work from several different artists, intending to be a one stop shop for all your visual art interests. This gallery operates under the belief that “great art touches the heart beyond knowledge.”

Horton Fine Art

Horton Fine Art highlights the art of Walt Horton among other creators. You’ll find a lot of animal imagery and nature in the exquisite paintings and sculptures, including horses, bears, and wolves.

The Sportsman’s Gallery & Paderewski Fine Art

The Sportsman’s Gallery & Paderewski Fine Art seeks to represent the best of traditional and contemporary fine art. You’re likely to see a lot of gorgeous landscapes and interesting takes on wildlife.

Tony Newlin Gallery

The Tony Newlin Gallery specializes in nature and wildlife photography, particularly of locations in Colorado, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and North American national parks; they also have a gallery in Telluride.

We hope you make the most of your vacation with all these fun things to do in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Be sure to keep Sage’s adventures near Beaver Creek in mind!

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Plan a Long Winter Weekend Snowmobiling & More in Vail, Colorado

Vail offers some of the best skiing in the world, but non-skiers have much to enjoy in this charming mountain village as well. Whether you partake in the sport or not, your visit to Vail is not complete without experiencing all this unique location has to offer in the wintertime.

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We here at Sage Outdoor Adventures boast some of the best snowmobiling in Vail, Colorado, and we do cater to beginners. Learn more about that and other activities in Vail, Colorado below, with this long winter weekend itinerary chock full of seasonal adventures and local hotspots.

Note, Vail is a pretty walkable, pedestrian-friendly city, and some of the below activities are within walking distance of each other. If you are visiting without a car, you can check out the year-round bus service from the Town of Vail Transit Department. Also, please double check hours of operations with individual establishments, as these can change at any time.

Thursday: Dinner, Drinks & a Museum

Ease into your mini vacation with dinner and drinks after you settle into your hotel, and maybe a museum visit. Vail is known for its diverse range of restaurants, with everything from fine dining establishments to hole-in-the-wall dive bars, and anything in between.

For dinner, we recommend Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant, known for its Austrian fare, wild game, and a year-round deck and live entertainment. The George, within walking distance of Pepi’s, is also a popular option. They offer everything from pub grub to filet mignon and surf and turf. Pepi’s is open until 9pm, The George 2am.

Looking to just grab a beer? Check out the Vail Brewing Company, open until 10pm, or the Remedy Bar, which is located inside the Four Seasons and is open until 10:30pm. All four of these restaurants/bars are within about 15-minute walk of each other, if you want grab a beer and then head elsewhere for dinner.

If you have time, the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame is open until 6pm and is also within walking distance of the aforementioned eateries. Here you can learn about the history of the Vail Valley, as well as snowsports in general. The fee is just a $5 donation.

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Friday: Explore the Village & Fit in Ice Skating or Snowshoeing

You can’t stay in Vail, Colorado without a walk through this nationally known mountain village. When it comes to shopping and finding souvenirs to bring home, you’ll discover shops for everything from jewelry to toys to winterwear. Here are just a few store suggestions:

Eye Pieces of Vail: This store opens at 9am and offers an incredible selection of sunglasses, goggles, and any other eyewear you can think of.

The Squash Blossom: One of Vail’s oldest retailers, this shop offers a wide array of Native American jewelry. They open at 10am on Fridays.

Perch Vail: For stylish, contemporary women’s wear, stop into Perch Vail, open at 10am.

Perch Vail and Eye Pieces of Vail are both along East Meadow Drive, with just a few establishments in between them, and then Squash Blossom is about a 5-minute walk away across Gore Creek.

After a leisurely morning of shopping, stop for lunch at Big Bear Bistro, a three-minute walk from Squash Blossom, where you can choose from a variety of delicious sandwiches and soups; they also serve breakfast all day.

Ice skating or snowshoeing comes next! The Vail Square Ice Rink opens at 2pm and is about a 15-minute bus ride from Big Bear Bistro. If snowshoeing is more your jam, and you are in town with a vehicle, snowshoe tours are offered daily at the Walking Mountains Science Center starting at 2pm. This snowshoeing experience is located just outside Vail in nearby Avon, about 15 minutes away by car. A bus is available, but it will be about a 40-minute ride.

For Friday night dinner, check out La Bottega for upscale Italian cuisine, open until 9pm, or La Nonna Ristorante, open until 11pm. There is also Minturn Saloon, one of Vail’s most historic restaurants that dates back to 1901. They’ve been temporarily closed for renovations, but plan to reopen starting in summer 2023 – keep them in mind for the 2023/2024 winter season in Vail!

Saturday: Snowmobile With Sage & Take a Gondola to Dinner

We may be biased, but we like to think of snowmobiling as the crown jewel when it comes to winter activities in Vail, Colorado! The expert guides at Sage provide top notch Vail snowmobile tours on 6,000 rideable acres in backcountry Colorado – that’s larger than the entire Vail ski area.

Our snowmobile tour options are divided into Adventure Tours and Performance Tours. Adventure Tours are two-hour excursions that allow passengers on the snowmobiles, so it’s a great option for families. The Performance Tour is a step up from the Adventure Tour: it covers more terrain, is limited to drivers 16 and up, and is conducive to single riders only.

If you do not have your own transportation, Sage is able to pick you up at your accommodations on a limited basis in Vail, Beaver Creek, or Avon.

The extraordinary views from our private mountain remain the number one draw for those looking to snowmobile in Vail. Following close behind the stunning sights you’ll see is our superior customer service. Our guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and will lead you into an amazing adventure with our Vail snowmobile tours.

Treat yourself to a decadent dinner Saturday evening at Bistro Fourteen, an ideal place to refuel after a day snowmobiling. Speaking of great views, you’ll enjoy sights of the 14,000-foot Mount of the Holy Cross at this unique eatery. This is an exclusive, ski-in, ski-out restaurant, but the Eagle Bahn Gondola is free to non-skiers from 3:30pm until 5pm. If you can, take the gondola up before the sun goes down, so you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from the restaurant.

Sunday: Relax at a Renowned Spa (Or Take Your Ski Day)

If you’re a skier and you haven’t yet enjoyed Vail skiing, today might be the day to do so. Otherwise, we suggest relaxing after all your adventures with a Vail spa day. The extremely highly rated RockResorts Spa at the Lodge at Vail is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Check out their hot tub and sauna, and prepare for an incredible massage, facial, or one of their other body therapies.

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When it comes to the best snowmobiling in Vail, Colorado turn to us here at Sage Outdoor Adventures. And, make sure to enjoy all the rest of the wintertime fun this region of Colorado has to offer!

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Why Come Horseback Riding Near Vail, Colorado With Sage

Looking for activities in Vail, Colorado? Discover why you should prioritize horseback riding with us here at Sage Outdoor Adventures! Learn about the many health benefits of trail riding, and find out what makes horseback riding with us different from other horseback riding in Colorado.

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The Surprising Physical & Mental Benefits of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding on a guided trail ride is a wholesome, healthy activity with a ton of advantages in addition to getting outdoors, seeing spectacular scenery, and spending time with majestic animals.

Horseback riding has been shown to improve cardiovascular health, enhance core and leg strength, and improve posture and spine health. Possible additional benefits could include overcoming fear, building character, developing problem-solving skills, and strengthening your reflexes.

Not to mention, the bonding and companionship that comes with navigating a horse through the Colorado wilderness, and the significance of connecting with nature and the world around you.

Finally, even just being around horses has been proven to lower blood pressure and make you happier overall by increasing serotonin levels.

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The Sage Difference: Horseback Riding in Vail, Colorado With Us

The best horseback riding in Vail starts with Sage! And no, it’s not just because our horseback riding near Vail offers great views of Vail Valley and Castle Peak Mountain.

We offer a true in-the-Colorado wilderness adventure on a private mountain, where the horses are trained to ride alongside each other, instead of nose-to-tail. You’re not staying single file, going out and back on one trail – not even close! It’s a special and distinctly different trail riding experience with Sage every single time.

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If you’re going to be in Vail, Colorado during the summer you must add horseback riding with us to your list of activities to try. Come immerse yourself in nature with Sage and our happy horses!

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Explore Vail, Colorado With These Top Activities & Attractions

Vail is home to the famous Vail Ski Resort, but you’re seriously limiting yourself if you don’t explore all the activities in Vail, Colorado: whitewater rafting in the Vail Valley, snowmobiling near Vail, horseback riding near Vail, and did you know that we here at Sage offer the best ATV tours in Vail?

Keep riding to find out just how close our various activities are to this quintessential Colorado tourist town, and other attractions and things to do close by.

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Choose Your Own Vail Area Adventure: Rafting, Snowmobiling, Horse Riding or ATVing

Whitewater Rafting

Our Gore Creek – Vail Village whitewater rafting trip on class III rapids goes right through the heart of Vail Village. Take in the stunning scenery of the Gore Range, see waterfalls cascading off cliffs, and much more. Guests meet at the Lionshead Welcome Center or the Welcome Center on top of the Vail Village parking structure for this Vail white waterrafting trip.

The Lower Eagle whitewater rafting trip, also on class III rapids, offers a short but sweet rafting season just minutes from Vail. The Lower Eagle River flows through a 2,000-foot canyon! Guests are picked up in Avon, close to Vail.

The above two rafting trips are closest to Vail, but we have other Colorado rafting trips a driving distance away! Serious whitewater rafters may want to consider The Numbers with its class IV rapids; the Sage Arkansas River Outpost is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Vail area.

Snowmobiling

Come snowmobile in Vail with us! We have a private mountain for our Vail snowmobile tours that is ideal for families, first-timers, and for those more experienced with the sport. Take a two-hour adventure tour with Sage that offers views of five ski areas, seven mountain ranges, and the Continental Divide. For those more experienced, we offer a performance tour.

We make snowmobiling in Vail easy by offering to pick up guests at their accommodations if needed in Vail, Beaver Creek, or Avon. Otherwise, guests meet us at our snowmobiling facility in Wolcott, about 30 minutes from Vail.

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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding near Vail, Colorado doesn’t get any better than with us here at Sage, because we specialize in a true Colorado wilderness experience on our private mountain. Every ride is different, with the horses trained to walk next to each other instead of nose to tail, and you’ll get to see views of the Vail Valley and Castle Peak Mountain.

Two-hour and one-hour guided horseback rides are offered, and the stables are located near Wolcott, about 30 minutes from Vail.

ATV Tours

ATV tours near Vail, Colorado are yet another way to explore the beautiful terrain this area of the state has to offer. We ride on 20,000 acres of land on exclusive side-by-side trails just for you. You drive your own machine, we lead the way for our two-hour tours.

Although Sage operates out of several locations throughout Colorado, our main ATV base is seven miles north of Wolcott, which is roughly a 30 to 45-minute drive from the Vail area.

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Discover More to Enjoy & Explore in Vail, Colorado

In addition to the Vail Ski Resort, you may want to add one or more of the following attractions and activities to your Vail vacation:

Colorado Snowsports Museum

It’s yet another way to take a deep dive into the snowsports that the Vail region is known for: The highly rated Colorado Snowsports Museum & Hall of Fame serves up informative displays about the Vail Valley, the ski industry and snowsports in general, and they have an array of military artifacts worth seeing. Guests also rave about the 10th Mountain Division exhibit.

Vail Brewing Company

If you love some tacos with your beer you’ll find a lot to love about the Vail Brewing Company, which not only has great brews, but a taco truck parked just outside. Sit in their partially covered outdoor area that has views of the mountains. Dogs and kids are welcome!

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Did you know that one of the world’s highest botanical gardens is located in Vail? The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, which actually comprises five distinctive gardens, sit at an altitude of 8,200 feet! This place is a playground for anyone who appreciates nature, plants, waterfalls, water features, and statues. They also have a children’s play area, an amphitheater, a museum, an education center, and a gift shop.

Bonus tip: The Vail Nature Center and Vail Valley Drive (road known for luxury properties) are situated right by the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, on the other side of Gore Creek; there’s even a walkable bridge.

Booth Falls Trail

If you love outdoor adventures in Colorado – and who doesn’t? – you must add Booth Falls Trail to your Vail, Colorado vacation itinerary. This trail is about 10 miles roundtrip with a 3,000-foot elevation gain from the trailhead to the summit, and a 60-foot waterfall about two miles into the trail.

Bonus tip: Experienced hikers may also want to look into Deluge Lake Trail, a difficult hike with a steep and rocky incline and gorgeous views of the Gore Creek Valley. Beginner hikers may want to stick to Shrine Ridge Trail, also in Vail, known for its wildflowers.

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Do outdoor concerts get any better than when they’re coupled with views of the Rocky Mountains? That’s the experience you can look forward to each summer at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, an outdoor venue in Vail that features musical and theater performances and more productions each year.

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Find Fun Things to Do in Avon, Colorado All Year Long

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We offer year-round adventures here at Sage, and if you’re staying nearby in the Avon area you may be wondering how close our activities are to you – and what other fun things there are to do in Avon, Colorado.

Check out our offerings below, along with other worthwhile attractions and things to do in and near Avon.

Get Your Colorado Adventures On With Us Near Avon

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Our various guided trips and adventure offerings are perfect jumping off points to plan your Avon, Colorado trip:

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is the holy grail of what we offer here at Sage. We provide a variety of trip options that cover all the rapid classifications, to accommodate everyone from beginners to those looking for class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado.

Two of our rafting trips begin at the base of Beaver Creek in Avon, where we pick you up for rafting on the Eagle River. The Lower Eagle/Class III trip is classic Colorado whitewater rafting at its best; the class 3 is moderate in the rapid classification system, with medium-sized waves and some maneuvering required.

The Upper Eagle/Class IV trip is what you’d likely think of with class 4 whitewater rafting in Colorado: although not as extreme as class V or VI, you can expect intense, awesome rapids. Guests must have the ability to swim for this one, and some fitness is required.

Our Colorado whitewater rafting trips are offered spring through summer, and sometimes into early fall depending on the rapids.

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Snowmobiling

Colorado snowmobile tours can be an overlooked winter attraction in ski country, but there’s no better way to experience incredible terrain and mountain views in the colder months. Our snowmobile trips can run from November through April, weather depending.

We generally ask guests to meet us at our snowmobile facility situated in Wolcott, about 25 minutes from Avon. However, we are able to offer pickups at your accommodations if needed in Avon, Vail, or Beaver Creek.

Side-by-Side ATVing

We offer incredible ATV tours on 6,000 acres of private land plus 14,000 acres of public land near the Castle Peak Wilderness Study Area. In other words, we ride on 20,000 acres of picturesque land for a quintessential Colorado experience. Two-hour tours are offered. Our ATV base is located seven miles north of Wolcott, Colorado.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy stunning views of the Castle Peak Mountain and Vail Valley, and ride through fields of sage, juniper, aspen, and pine groves. Two-hour and one-hour guided horseback riding tours are offered. Our happy horses live in their stables in Wolcott, close to Avon.

Fishing

If you’re looking for fly fishing near Avon, Colorado you’ll be happy to hear that we have a private stretch of land along the Eagle River, the main river that runs by Avon. This river is known to have healthy populations of brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.

Discover More Fun Things to Do in Avon, Colorado

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If you’re joining us for one of our adventures, the following are all close by and can make excellent additions to your Avon, Colorado vacation itinerary:

Beaver Creek Resort

Although Beaver Creek Resort has a Beaver Creek address, it sits right next to Avon, and is considered a gateway to the Colorado town. This internationally-known ski resort offers skiing for all levels and does a great job of catering to beginners; they also have an ice skating rink and many other offerings, including hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer.

Harry A. Nottingham Park

Harry A. Nottingham Park is a 48-acre park in the heart of Avon. There is a walking path around the Nottingham Lake, opportunities for swimming, paddling, or fishing, and there are also volleyball courts, an outdoor performance venue, and views of Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s also a great place to just relax!

Walking Mountains Science Center

The highly rated Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon offers interactive exhibits and is a fascinating place to learn about animals, plants, the environment, and technology. A bonus is that the indoor portion is just as fantastic as outside, so this is a good pick if the weather isn’t being favorable.

EagleVail Golf Club

If you’re a golfer, you can’t miss up a chance to get in a round at the EagleVail Golf Club in Avon. Picturesque scenery and changes in elevation boost a great game, there are 18-hole and 9-hole course options, and you can end the day at their on-site bar and grill.

Vail, another renowned Colorado tourist destination, is only 10 minutes from Avon and here you’ll find the Colorado Snowsports Museum, Vail Ski Resort, Vail Brewing Company, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and plenty of chances for prime Colorado hiking like at Booth Creek Falls.

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